LONDON – The 2012 meeting of International Electronics Forum, an annual meeting of senior chip executives, will now be held in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia rather than Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, as previously stated. The Forum dates and focus remain unchanged. The meeting will seek to explore innovation and new markets as drivers for growth and prosperity.
The forum will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, in the newly constructed Eurovea district of Bratislava between Oct. 3 and 5, 2012.
“We had an extremely high level of interest when we selected Yerevan for the Forum but since then the euro crisis and global economic uncertainty have worsened and Armenia was unfortunately starting to become a little too forward-looking for our delegates to justify," said Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons Ltd. (Sevenoaks, England) the market research and consultancy organization, which organizes the annual forum. "With Bratislava already short-listed for the IEF2013, we decided to switch venues. Slovakia, like Armenia, has a long history of academic and engineering skills but with the added advantage of being part of the EU."
A number of speakers have already committed to address the forum including:
Mojy Chian, senior vice president of design enablement, GlobalFoundries Inc.
VG Gujrathi, TIFAC committee member at the Department of Science & Technology within the Indian government. (former senior general manager at the engineering research center of Tata Motors)
Robert Ober, systems architect at LSI Corp.
Joe Sawicki, vice president and general manager of design-to-silicon, Mentor Graphics;
Ron Collett, President & CEO, Numetrics Management Systems
Chi-Foon Chan, co-CEO and president at Synopsys Inc.
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